Construction begins on Appleton Road roundabout
While I was out and about ... I saw that work has finally started on the roundabout at the intersection of Appleton and Telegraph roads this week.
State Highway Administration crews were directing traffic Tuesday as they began construction on the $2.1 million project to convert a flashing light at Route 273 and Appleton Road into a full traffic roundabout.
The Appleton Road project in the Fair Hill area includes extensive drainage work, grading, paving, concrete/splitter islands, lighting and landscaping. That intersection has about 8,000 vehicles a day pass through it and SHA hopes to improve safety and efficiency there with the completion of the project sometime in the spring of 2018.
The Appleton/Telegraph Road roundabout is the first of three roundabouts to be completed by the spring of 2018.
A second roundabout at Route 281 (Red Hill Road) and Muddy Lane is scheduled to begin this fall as soon as utility relocations are done. This $3.1 million project will replace an existing three-way intersection with a full roundabout.
Allan Myers Construction, of Fallston, is the contractor for both the Apple- ton Road and Muddy Lane roundabouts.
A third roundabout at Blue Ball Road and Telegraph Road (Route 273) is also set to begin this fall and be completed by the spring of 2018.
Congressional Contracting, of Potomac, is the contractor for that $2.4 million project.
Construction won’t start until the ongoing utility relocations are complete near the intersection, which is currently a two-way stop, SHA spokesman Charles Gischlar said.
*** George Kaplan, a Colora resident, is organizing a public meeting to discuss solar power options for county residents at North East Town Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.
Maryland Sun, a nonprofit that helps to organize local solar power co-ops in Maryland, will be leading the discussion about how to form a Cecil County Cooperative, according to Kaplan. For more information, call 410-658-0484.
*** Business owners may want to get a heads up on new employer rules for calculating overtime and sick leave next year. If so, then you may want to attend a seminar Sept. 23 at Cecil College.
That’s when the government relations committee of the Cecil County Chamber of Commerce is bringing Christine Walter, an independent consultant, to discuss new rules and new legislation and how it could impact local companies.
The seminar, which includes breakfast, will run from 7:45 to 10 a.m. in Room 208 of the Technology Build- ing at Cecil College. The fee is $10 for members and $20 for non-members.
*** Robert Murray, of State Line Liquors, announced recently that his business has been named one of the top five bottle shops in the U.S. by Men’s Journal. The liquor store on Elkton/ Newark Road offers customers 35 taps for tastings and growlers as well as a wide selection of Mid-Atlantic craft beers. The shop is consistently rated in the top five beer retailers in the county by Rate Beer.
*** Teri Rigby, of Rising Sun, just opened a secondhand shop on Primrose Lane off of Biggs Highway in town. It’s called Silk Purses and Sow’s Ears and features everything from high-end merchandise to more simple items.
The shop is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Stop by and check it out. If you have any tidbits to share with Cheryl Mattix for this column, you may contact her at email@example.com, or call her at 443-907-8440.
State Highway Administration crews start work on a roundabout construction project at the intersection of Route 273 and Appleton Road on Tuesday.